|College Administrative Offices||Office||Telephone|
|Dean of the College||Joel J. Kassiola||HSS 359||338-2409|
|Associate Dean and College Graduate Coordinator||Genie Stowers||HSS 359||338-1846|
|African Area Studies||Aguibou Yansane||HUM 224||338-2495|
|Anthropology||Gary Pahl||SCI 377||338-2046|
|Asian Area Studies||DeVere Pentony||HSS 381||338-7495|
|California Studies||Lee Davis||SCI 377||338-2046|
|Child and Adolescent Development
(Marion Wright Edelman Institute)
|Thereasa Cronan||HSS 334||338-3560|
|Criminal Justice||C. Daniel Vencill||HSS 336||338-2055|
|Critical Social Thought||Richard Busacca||HSS 336||338-2055|
|Economics||Michael Potepan||HSS 140||338-1839|
|Environmental Studies||Barbara Holzman||HSS 336||338-2055|
|European Area Studies||Anthony D'Agostino||SCI 276||338-1604|
|Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Studies||Gilbert Herdt||PSY 502||338-1137|
|Geography and Human Environmental Studies||Nancy Wilkinson||HSS 279||338-2049|
|History||Richard Hoffman||SCI 276||338-1604|
|Human Sexuality Studies||Gilbert Herdt||HSS 336||338-2055|
|International Relations||DeVere Pentony||HSS 336||338-2055|
|Labor Studies||Brenda Cochrane||HSS 336||338-2055|
|Latin American Area Studies||Joann Aviel||HSS 336||338-2055|
|Political Science||Michael Graham||HSS 261||338-1178|
|Psychology||Caran Colvin||PSY 301||338-1390|
|Public Administration||Genie Stowers||HSS 379||338-2985|
|Social Science||Richard Busacca||HSS 336||338-2055|
|Sociology||Marjorie Seashore (Acting)||HSS 370||338-1466|
|Urban Studies||Deborah LeVeen||HSS 261||338-1178|
|World Development Studies||Raymond Miller||HSS 336||338-2055|
The College of Behavioral and Social Sciences provides a framework in which the faculty and students can cooperatively investigate human behavior in both individual and social contexts. The fundamental approach of the college is that of the liberal arts, but several of the programs have professional or pre-professional aspects. Interdisciplinary, multicultural, and international perspectives are emphasized in the curricula, as are methodological approaches appropriate to each discipline.
Encompassing a number of traditional and modern disciplines of the behavioral and social sciences, the college offers the following undergraduate degrees.1
Child and Adolescent Development 08231
Young Child and Family
School Age Child and Family
Youth and Family
Research and Public Policy
Criminal Justice 21051
Environmental Studies 49011
Environmental Sustainability and Social Justice
Humanities and the Environment
The Urban Environment
Concentration in: Honors Program
International Relations 22101
Labor Studies 22993
Political Science 22071
Social Science (Interdisciplinary Studies) 22011
Urban Studies 22141
Environmental Studies 49011
Earth System Science
Natural Resource Management and Conservation
African Area Studies
Asian Area Studies
Critical Social Thought
European Area Studies
Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Studies
Human Sexuality Studies
Latin American Area Studies
World Development Studies
The center has administrative responsibility for coordinating and supporting interdisciplinary efforts within the college, including programs in Criminal Justice, Critical Social Thought, Labor Studies, and Social Science.
The College of Behavioral and Social Sciences, in cooperation with the College of Business, offers a special program designed to prepare students for graduate study in business. The program gives students strong advising support in selecting courses that provide a foundation for MBA study. Structured around four Pre-MBA theme areas, the program also provides rigorous academic training in the liberal arts. Special attention is given to the selection of general education courses and the construction of individualized programs to help students meet the admissions requirements of graduate schools of business.
Anthropology, Economics, Geography, History, International Relations, Political Science, Psychology, Social Science, Sociology, and Urban Studies participate in the Pre-MBA program. Advising materials can be obtained from the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences (HSS 359).
The BSS Computer Laboratory (HSS 383) and the Psychology Annex (PSY 329) provide computer access for individual and class use, as well as software of particular relevance to the behavioral and social sciences.
Specialized computer laboratories include the Multidisciplinary GIS Center (HSS 272), the BSS All-College Instructional Computing Laboratory (HSS 380), the Geography Instructional Laboratory (HSS 290), the Economics Instructional Laboratory (HSS 147), the PSIRUS (Political Science, International Relations, Urban Studies) Computer Media Laboratory (HSS 360), and the Psychology Experimental Laboratory (PSY 304a), and provide hands-on experience in spatial analysis, simulations, experimentation, forecasting, and data analysis related to specific disciplines.
Multidisciplinary Geographic Information Systems Center, Geography and Human Environmental Studies, allows students and faculty to explore applications of GIS through the processing and analysis of imagery from satellite photography. A separate Cartography Laboratory also produces both manual and computer maps, charts, and diagrams.
Overseas Orientation and Training Program, International Relations, provides training and orientation programs for professionals working in educational, business, and governmental settings in the U.S. and Asia.
Graduate programs in the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences cover a broad range of professional and academic interests. There are literally thousands of potential career applications available to graduates. Each program will provide information on the admissions policies and career opportunities for its graduates, including the experience of those working in the field, on request.
Applicants and candidates should realize the necessity of frequent contact with the graduate major adviser and students should not undertake a program of study without the express approval of a graduate major adviser. Because several graduate programs in the college have application procedures which supplement those of the university, applicants should contact the office of the program directly for information.
The College of Behavioral and Social Sciences offers the following graduate degrees:1
Concentration in: Resource Management and Environmental Planning
International Relations 22101
Political Science 22071
College Teaching 20012
Developmental Psychology 20091
Educational Psychology 08221
Physiological Psychology 20101
Psychological Research 20992
Social Psychology 20051
Social Science: Interdisciplinary Studies 22011
Master of Public Administration 21021
A broad variety of special resources and facilities are available within the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences. These include major university centers described elsewhere in this Bulletin, such as the Treganza Anthropology Museum, the BSS-Geography Map Library, the Psychology Clinic, and the U.S.-Korea Institute, as well as more specialized facilities, as described below.
The Cognitive Psychology Laboratory, Intercultural and Emotion Laboratory, Physiological Psychology Laboratory, and Social Psychology Laboratory are among the specialized facilities in the Psychology Department which provide instructional and research support for students and faculty.
In addition, several departments in the college provide opportunities for research, professional experience, career development, and student-faculty exchanges through their sponsorship of student organizations; e.g., the History Students Association, International Relations Student Association, Raza Students in Psychology, and the Sociology Club, and a number of journals are produced by students and faculty in the college, including Urban Perspectives (Urban Studies), the Treganza Anthropology Papers (Anthropology), Ex Post Facto (History), and the Journal of Homosexuality (Human Sexuality Studies).
1 The numbers following the degrees and minors are used by this university to identify the programs indicated. These numbers must be used on the application for admission, registration forms, application for graduation, etc.
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